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By Peter Eident

20 October 1978: the USCGC Cuyahoga education vessel collided with a international freighter within the mouth of the Potomac River, killing eleven Coast Guardsmen. on the time of the sinking, the Cuyahoga catastrophe was once declared the worst peacetime coincidence within the US Coast Guard's background. Fifteen months later, the USCG Blackthorn collision ended in an excellent better loss. Thirty years later the writer, who stood at the bridge because the Cuyahoga went down, attempts to discover that means within the lack of his shipmates. The catastrophic sinking of the Cuyahoga and the USCG Blackthorn eternally replaced the path of the shield. this can be a tale approximately heroism and error, humor and unhappiness, and human historical past you will not locate at the authentic Coast safeguard web site; a narrative concerning the courageous women and men who lived by way of the creed, "You need to exit, yet you do not have to return back.

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